WORCA celebrates end of season 

The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association is wrapping up its 20 th year over the next few weeks, with the annual general meeting on Oct. 22 and the annual Halloween Toonie Ride on Oct. 29.

The annual general meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the Legends Ballroom at Creekside. All of the board directors will make presentations on their areas, followed by an election to form the board for 2010. There will also be a screening of the WORCA documentary, and WORCA jerseys - which raise funds for trail projects - will be sold for the last time this season. There will be refreshments available for what usually turns out to be an entertaining night.

All of the board positions are up for election each year, and several of the current board members, including president Todd Hellinga, are stepping down. Members are encouraged to get involved as WORCA continues its legacy of maintaining and protecting trails, teaching youth and adults skills, facilitating almost three dozen different events, and other activities. This year the club broke the 1,500 member-mark for the first time.

Detailed descriptions of all the board positions are posted online at www.worca.com.

The Halloween Toonie Ride takes place on Oct. 29. This is a night ride, so good quality lights are a must for all riders, and costumes are encouraged - just make sure you can see and steer your bike safely.

More information will be posted online at www.worca.com in the next week.


Tunnel Vision closed to riders

A municipal project to thin trees and reduce the risk of wildfires is moving into the Kadenwood area with selective thinning. As a result the portion of trail closest to Kadenwood will be closed for short periods, although the detour to Millar's Pond will remain open. The upper portion of the trail will not be affected.

The thinning is necessary as a result of second-growth in areas that were previously logged. While there may be 300 to 400 trees per hectare in an old growth forest and up to 900 trees per hectare in a managed forest, some areas of Whistler have 5,000 trees per hectare. That slows the growth of trees and creates a situation where a wildfire could burn and spread very quickly. For more information or an update on the project contact bob@snowlineresearch.ca.

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